Saturday, December 29, 2012

Decorah and Magpie Coffeehouse!

Matt, Caleb and I made a road trip this past Thursday and Friday to Decorah, Iowa!  Since Matt and I are both Wartburg College alums, we have not visited Decorah very many times because it is the home of Luther College, whom happens to be a very big rival to Wartburg.  However, we had heard very good things about the town and set off to explore it.

The downtown was very fun to walk and go into all of the shops. Matt commented on how nice it was to see a downtown that was thriving.  One of our stops was at their Oneota Community Food Cooperative.  It was a great place that carried a well-stocked organic produce section, lots of bulk foods and organic and gluten free options.  They also had a place where you could eat and grab a latte or espresso.  Very welcoming atmosphere and free self serve water as they do not sell bottled water as to be good stewards of our environment.  Here is a picture of their sign that was posted on one of their coolers....

Let's just say...if we lived in Decorah, I would find myself their often! :)  Downtown also offered a nice kitchen store, shoe store, JcPenney's and many other things to explore.  We also enjoyed the famous Mabe's Pizza while we were in town.

My Mocha!
Our last stop on Friday before leaving town was Magpie Coffeehouse.  I had been told by a co-worker that it was a great coffee shop.  It did not disappoint.  In fact, it is probably one of my favorite coffee shops besides Witte's End where I work.

The atmosphere of the coffeehouse was very welcoming and the staff was superb.  Furthermore, they use dark ghirardelli powder in their mochas which is my favorite!  I really liked the taste of their espresso too!  I hope we can go back again some time soon! 

We had a great time in Decorah!  We would highly recommend a visit to this nice town if you have not been there before.     

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